Tinker Kitchen in San Francisco bills itself as a marker space for cooking, offering members access to full equipped commercial-grade kitchens where they can learn and experiment with food. Tinker Kitchen has no reservation system, allowing members to check a shared calendar and drop by during opening hours. In addition to kitchen access, membership includes access to special events, cooking classes, dishwashing help and the option to join culinary clubs that meet regularly.
Neighbor is a self-storage peer-to-peer platform that lets users rent storage from people with extra space. Users browse through the app or website to find an affordable, suitable space from people who have posted their empty storage spaces, and payments are handled through the platform. Neighbor incorporated a “store with a friend” function that will show users a list of friends, or mutual friends, who are hosting on the platform in order to build trust between users through their social connections.
Recharge, the pay by-the-minute hotel stay app, has extended its service to include private residences. Homeowners can list their property on the platform to make their spaces available for sharing by the hour. In return, listers can earn money by renting their home to the company’s trusted network of travelers and residents while they are out of the house.
b8ta's co-founder and president Phillip Raub speaks with PSFK ahead of appearing at our retail conference to discuss the RaaS store and software provider's evolution over the years, touching on its Forum fashion & lifestyle experience, reinvention of Toys"R"Us, and role in a new decade of retail
Ahead of appearing at our upcoming retail conference, Hunker editor-in-chief Eve Epstein and Whereabout studio founder Gabriela Baiter talk building a media brand today and take us inside the Hunker House—the high-design IRL manifestation of the online decor site
Solution provider AxleHire tells PSFK why delivery is one of the few areas where retailers can truly differentiate—and how his end-to-end platform helps enable last-mile service to drive clients' success
Furniture manufacturer Ikea Israel modifies its furniture to make it more accessible for people with disabilities to use. The company created thirteen designs to adapt bookcases, couches and more to accommodate disabled consumers. Accessible adjustments such as an easy handle, couch lift and friendly zipper are available for free online or 3D printing.
'Tis the season for gingerbread making and cocktail inspiration—so the retailer is exciting consumers this December to spread the cheer with a special immersive holiday curation and programming from STORY
CPG giant Procter & Gamble is embracing ‘lean innovation,’ launching new products quickly and refining them via iterative testing. This allows them to innovate more quickly than their traditional approach, which required extensive consumer research and testing before a new product was introduced to the marketplace. By launching ‘minimum viable products,’ P&G is able to introduce new products to market more quickly and gain real-world feedback, much as a smaller, more nimble DTC brand would approach innovation. One product P&G launched through this method is Charmin’s Forever Roll, a commercial-size roll of toilet paper that would allow consumers to not change the roll as often, which was launched after testing via Facebook and Instagram ads.
The outdoor furniture brand Outer invites its customers to serve as hosts, turning their backyards into showrooms where potential buyers can see the products in a real-world setting. Buyers can browse the site and then make an appointment to schedule a hosted visit at a local backyard showroom. Hosts receive a flat fee for each visit.
TerraCycle Loop is a service that makes it simple and convenient for consumers to use refillable versions of common household products, ensuring they never run out of their favorite products while eliminating the need for single-use, disposable packaging. Shoppers can visit the Loop online store and select their desired products from participating CPG companies such as PepsiCo, Nestlé and Unilever, which are delivered to their home. After the products are used, UPS will pick up the empty containers and deliver the replacement order.
PSFK's Future Of Retail 2020: Retail As Personal Utility report provides a strategic roadmap for brands and retailers to deliver hyper-personalized service that meets the unique needs of every customer in a post-experiential era
PSFK considers emerging sustainable retail practices within the circular economy, tracing the new ways companies from fashion to food are designing sustainability into their business model from the get-go